Posted by Natalie Hulla

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently appointed Ohio University Film alumnus Michael Mittelstaedt (M.F.A. '00) to the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council. As part of the 14-member council, Mittelstaedt will play an important role in advising the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office, governor, and legislature on how to promote and market aspects of the state's film industry. He will serve a four-year term expiring in September of 2019.

Mittelstaedt is the director of the motion picture arts division at Interlochen Center for the Arts, one of the first high school programs for visual storytelling in the country. He has more than 15 years of experience as a working artists and a decade as an arts administrator, educator and mentor to young student filmmakers and artists. He previously oversaw internships for Metcalf Fellows at the University of Chicago and was a producer for HGTV's "New Spaces." Mittelstaedt earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and Spanish from Michigan State University and a master's of fine arts in film production, digital editing and screenwriting from Ohio University.